Fergie’s Rooney snub fuels transfer talk
LONDON: Sir Alex Ferguson’s latest snub to Wayne Rooney has fuelled fresh speculation that the Manchester United superstar could be heading for the Old Trafford exit.
Ferguson did not comment about the decision to omit Rooney, a move that followed speculation of a rift after the striker last week contradicted the United boss’s claims he was injured by stating he was fully fit.
The Sunday Mirror reported on Sunday that relations between Ferguson and Rooney had broken down and that the United boss would seek to sell their prized asset in the January transfer window, with Real Madrid seen as the front-runner.
Club insiders quoted by the newspaper said Rooney was slowly being “frozen out”, comparing the present situation to the circumstances leading up to the departure of David Beckham from United to Real Madrid in 2003.
Negotiations over an extension to Rooney’s 100,000-pounds a week contract, which has only another 18 months to run, have also stalled, the paper reported.
Other commentators meanwhile said Rooney was playing with fire by contradicting Ferguson’s claims that he was nursing an ankle injury.
The Observer meanwhile noted that Ferguson had not been afraid of off-loading iconic Manchester United players in the past, selling Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roy Keane when he felt they had either outlived their usefulness or had challenged his authority.
Imran cruises in to Seniors Tennis final
KARACHI: Imran Ahmed cruised into the finals of 45 plus singles event after his opponent Israr Gul retired hurt from the semifinal encounter in PSO Seniors tennis tournament underway here at Karachi Gymkhana.
Imran Ahmed took the lead by winning the first set but Israr Gul bounced back strongly in the match winning the next set. Israr even led the score-line in the decisive third set. However, he retired hurt from the match when he was leading the score-line 2-6, 6-3, 3-1, paving the way for Imran to the final.
Meanwhile, Imran Ahmed along with teammate Babar Ali Khan confirmed his presence in the semifinals of 45 plus doubles event. They defeated Hanif Habib and Ronnie Dobash pair recording a thrilling 7-6, 7-6 triumph.
Shahid Aziz and Tayyab Yousuf combination also advanced into the pre-finals of the event after dispatching the duo Akhter Aliman and Karim Gul registering a 6-2, 6-1 win.
Klitschko retains WBC title
HAMBURG, Germany: Ukraine’s Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC heavyweight title here late on Saturday, beating American challenger Shannon Briggs on points (120-107, 120-107, 120-105).
The 39-year-old Klitschko was putting his belt on the line for the fifth time since claiming the title in October 2008 against Nigeria’s Samuel Peter after a four year spell in retirement.
Klitschko dominated Briggs to extend his record to 41 wins, 38 by KO, with two defeats.
Briggs, 38, for his part now stands at six defeats from 58 fights.
With Klitschko’s brother Vladamir holding the IBF and WBO titles the only belt the brothers’ are missing is the WBA belt held by David Haye, the Briton one of the Klitshko’s hopes to meet in 2011.
“I gave everything, my hand is really sore, but his ability to take punches was impressive,” said Klitshko.
Amsh shines in KGS triumph in BB tournament
KARACHI: Amsh Saif played brilliantly and helped Karachi Grammar School record a massive 69-15 win over City School (Darakhshan) in 7th AKU Sports Centre Inter-School Boys U17 basketball tournament here on Saturday at AKU Sports Centre Gymnasium.
Amsh Saif scored 30 points to spearhead KGS in the match and Mubbashir Hussain with 22 points also played well for the side.
Meanwhile, The City School (PAF Chapter) recorded a formidable 39-6 win over St Michael’s Convent School. Siraj Sohail (18 pts) played well for the victors in the match.
Pakistan Steel Cadet College thrashed CAS School registering a convincing 57-20 victory. Zeeshan Afzal played well for the winning side scoring 16 points.
In the last match of the day, Beaconhouse School registered a narrow 34-30 win over Lecol’e For Advance Studies. The match was well poised at the end of the first half, with a score-line of 16-16. Ahmed Yousuf (14 pts) played pivotal role in Beaconhouse triumph.
Zidane to get closer to Mourinho at Real Madrid
PARIS: Zinedine Zidane will accept an offer from Jose Mourinho to work more closely with the Real Madrid coach, the former France great has said.
“I will work with him (more regularly),” Zidane, a former Real player who now acts as an advisor to club president Florentino Perez, said at Olympique Marseille’s Stade Velodrome late on Saturday.
“It will be seen in the coming weeks. I will be a link between the first team and the president.
“I want to work more with Mourinho. It suits me in a way, because I wanted to get more involved in the structure of the club.”
Last week, Mourinho asked Zidane, who retired after being sent off in the 2006 World Cup final, to be closer to the pitch at Real.
Pakistan Air Force lift volleyball title
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Former national champions Pakistan Air Force (PAF) lifted the title when they defeated reigning national champions WAPDA in the final of the Raja Dilawar Memorial Volleyball tournament held in Kotli in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
PAF, after losing their first set, fought back strongly, winning the next three sets to wear the crown with 3-1 victory. The score was 19-25, 25-19, 29-25 and 25-23. PAF’s Saqib Hanif was declared the best player of the tournament.
Italian FA to refund Serbia match tickets
ROME: The Italian Football Federation (Figc) on Sunday published information on receiving a refund for the aborted Euro 2012 qualifier between Italy and Serbia in Genoa.
The match on last Tuesday was abandoned after just six minutes due to crowd trouble instigated by hardcore Serbian hooligans.
Serbian thugs battled with police before, during and after the match and caused the game to be called off by throwing flares onto the pitch and at Italy fans.
A policeman was among 16 people injured while 36 Serbs were arrested following the incidents.
Irshad Shaheed FC win in Inter-Club football
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Irshad Shaheed FC Sukkur defeated Chanesar Blues FC by 6-5 on penalties in their match of the All Sindh Inter-Club Football tournament held here at the Peoples Sports Complex on Sunday.
The match was 2-2 draw at the end of the scheduled time. However, in the penalties session Irshad Shaheed FC Sukkur kept their cool, emerging victorious with a margin of 6-5.
Ancelotti interested in England job
LONDON: Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he would be interested in following his Italian compatriot Fabio Capello by one day managing England.
Capello has already indicated he will step down after the Euro 2012 tournament, and the English Football Association has indicated it plans to hire a British manager to succeed him.
However in remarks quoted by several newspapers on Sunday, Ancelotti admitted that he would consider the England job if the position became available.
Asked if he would be interested, Ancelotti replied: “Why not?”
“I would like to do it in the future, to have this kind of experience,” he added. “I have never been the coach of a national team. To manage the national team and manage a club is different.”